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Situations Matter: Teaching the Lewinian Link between Social Psychology and Rehabilitation Psychology (2011)


A little-recognized fact is that social psychology and rehabilitation psychology share a common theoretical ancestry in the situation perspective of Kurt Lewin. Theory and research in both fields assumes that situational influences often override the impact of personal factors, including dispositions. Situational analyses led to the development of a variety of cognitive explanations capturing people's phenomenal accounts for the causes of behavior and concomitant interpretation of social problems. Teachers can explore reasons why, despite the fields' having a shared theoretical perspective and topics of common interest (e.g., attitudes, prejudice, discrimination), little scholarly intradisciplinary contact currently occurs between them. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2011 APA, all rights reserved)

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Authors & Contributors
Sensales, Gilda
Dal Secco, Alessandra
Patnoe, Shelley
Back, Kurt W.
Neary, Brigitte U.
Goldwert, Marvin
Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences
History of the Human Sciences
History of Psychology
Psychologie und Geschichte
Psychological Reports
Berichte zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte
American Psychological Association
University of North Carolina Press
Cambridge University Press
Cornell University Press
Social psychology
Human sciences
African Americans and science
Lewin, Kurt
Dembo, Tamara
Buytendijk, Frederik Jacobus Johannes
Le Bon, Gustave
Musil, Robert
Lippmann, Walter
Time Periods
20th century, early
19th century
20th century
18th century
United States
North America: United States; Canada
Central Europe: Germany, Austria, Switzerland
University of Chicago

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